The Torch Dreams Extinguished: Making The Jump To iPhone4

As many of you know from my earlier post on this issue, I have always been a fan of the Blackberry smartphones. My current phone, an older Blackberry Bold 9000 is up for contract renewal soon so i’m naturally going to need to upgrade my phone to a newer model.

Apple iPhone Version 4I was going to get the new Blackberry Torch 9800 – the latest smartphone from RIM. The Torch is a smooth looking full touchscreen phone with a slider that gives access to the full qwerty keyboard that Blackberry users have come to love. Notice I said “was”.

I have been doing some pretty intense research into the Torch and the other option I am looking at; the Apple iPhone4 and much to my own shock… the iPhone has stolen my heart, converted my soul and robbed me of all interest in the Torch.

Trust me… this is something I thought would NEVER happen.

So I guess you’re wondering what the iPhone did that is so amazing to get me to want to swap? In truth, it wasn’t the iPhone that did it, but rather the time I spent using the Torch at a Telstra store the other day. The Torch looks awesome and has great features, but it doesn’t have the polished finish of the iPhone. The chip that runs the phone is slower than the iPhone and the OS isn’t as smooth and seamless. The iPhone4 absolutely wreaks of a company that has experience and history driving it’s design team. It’s a well crafted phone with all the features you want and need. Oh, and it’s packed in a system run by a faster processor.

RIM Blackberry Torch 9800

Battery life between the 2 is said to be very similar, although from my own research I have found most people find the iPhone4 has MUCH better battery life. Social Networking and Media is designed into the new Torch and it has the incredible universal search, but Apple again, have experience. We all know Apple mastered the MP3 technology a long time back with the iPod, so you know the media technology in the iPhone will be exceptional. Social Networking apps on the iPhone are as good as or better than what the Torch offer.

The Blackberry Torch 9800 does have two things the iPhone can not compete with. First is the unlimited internet via the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS). Truly unlimited data when using the BIS browser and most apps, and of course the Blackberry Messenger is second to none on communications between RIM users. The second thing is the the “push” technology that RIM uses to deliver the email system on the Blackberry.

Unfortunately, while the BIS and Push technology are HUGE reasons I love my Bold 9000, when forced to choose between the 2, my heart takes a giant leap towards the smoother designed Apple iPhone 4.

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MOVED: PPM Tactics Revisited: What We Know & What We Learned

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PPM Tactics Revisited: What We Know & What We Learned

Almost a full season ago PPM made some pretty big changes to the game engine regarding tactics and counter-tactics, and the ability to score goals.

Now, 100+ days later, how have those changes stacked up? Did PPM screw the proverbial pooch with the changes, or did they improve the game?

To be perfectly honest, I believe you could ask 100 people that question and most probably end up with a 50/50 split on the resulting thoughts. Clearly, a season on and the changes have been met with plenty of mixed emotions.

tacticsFor a little catch-up, the primary changes were the reduction of counter-tactic strength and a much greater influence put on the shooting attribute. Up until this season, if someone player the Offensive tactic, you could guarantee an advantage by playing Defensive, and so on. This season that changed, with tactics being much more influenced by actual team strength. Of course, counter-tactics DO still work, just not as much or as good as they used to. The changes to the shooting influence was the biggest and most felt change to the system though, with teams who had dominated on the scoreboard finding it hard to put the puck in net this season. My own team, who had averaged 150 goals over seasons 5 and 6 dropped to just 128 this season.

So were the changes an improvement?

I can’t speak for the thousands of other managers in the Powerplay Manager community, but from my own experience the changes were, for the most part, exactly what PPM wanted them to be; as could be seen from my own goal scoring figures.

The issue however, is how do you train a strong team that uses the PPM Tactics to your advantage while still playing to the strength of your team? First of all, you need to think team first, instead of just thinking tactics. PPM Tactics are no longer a pick and play thing; they require effort and a team that can actually play the style of tactic you choose.

By this I mean, if your team has very few snipers (high shooting attribute players), then one could argue that the offensive attribute would be less effective for your players. Saying that, the other side of the coin is that the offensive attribute could mean you take more shots, and as they say, the more shots you put on net, the more chance you have of scoring goals.

The PPM Guide talks about the individual tacts at Powerplay Manager and gives a description of the type of team you need to have in order to best benefit from them. I suggest you read the tactics section of the guide often, as knowing this information will not just help you win games, but will help you build a MUCH more stronger team going forward.

PPM Tactics aside though, you need to score goals, and to do that, PPM have made it VERY clear that you need a highly trained shooting attribute on your players. If you ask around the forums you will find that most often, teams with the most goals and best seasons all have a lot of highly trained scoring players. This is no coincidence, and is pretty much the way PPM wanted it to be when they changed the influence of the shooting attribute.

Lastly, I want to briefly talk on the game importance option when you setup your games. This season saw the change from the 3 step (Low-Normal-High) importance system to a much more detailed 5 step (Very Low – Low – Normal – High – Very High) system. As with all my previous posts, I suggest playing on the lowest possible game importance you can while still ensuring wins. Teams who favoured the higher importance are now at a disadvantage in the playoffs because they have much lower seasonal energy for their players. So please keep in mind that while game importance is often overlooked, is is as vital a PPM Tactic as any of the other things I have touched on in this post.

Good luck to all the teams in the playoffs this season, and to those fighting for promotion or to avoid relegation. Remember, even if things don’t go well, there is always next season.

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